Using Ray Rice to Eliminate Racism in Education

The Ray Rice incident presents teachers an opportunity to teach about anti-bullying as well as close the racial divide between teachers an students that many perceive is a product of racism in education.

In a recent domestic violence incident, a video of Ray Rice assaulting his then girlfriend Janay Rice in an Atlantic City elevator surfaced. The NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Baltimore Ravens permanently removed Rice from playing in the NFL for this act of domestic violence. Ray Rice is presently appealing the decision of the NFL which is not the intended purpose of this article.

Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior which involves violence or other types of abuses by one person against another in a domestic relationships, such as marriage or cohabitation. Domestic violence has close ties to bullying. Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. In both definitions, there is a pattern of behavior to abuse another individual.

In order to continue to eliminate racism in education, teachers can use the Ray Rice incident as an opportunity to teach their students to protect themselves from becoming subjected to the abuse from another individual. Before you begin the lesson prepare a scoring rubric that focuses on Language Arts Curriculum Standards that emphasizes writing, listening, and oral presentations. The Rubric should also emphasize determining resources for domestic violence victims and abusers. Finally, require students to compare and contrast domestic violence and bullying.

Begin your lesson with an article about the Ray Rice incident and articles about. For students who may need help reading the article, demonstrate the appropriate way to read the article while the students read silently. Use articles from different authors for advanced students.

Next, divide the students in cooperative learning groups to evaluate the article or articles. Have the groups prepare a writing product and then select a student in each group to discuss what they can do as young men and women so they will not become subjected to behavior that is consistent with domestic violence.

From a racial perspective, this type of lesson helps both Black and Hispanic students because these students excel when required to finalize a task through an oral presentation. Working together as a group to develop a written product provides a support mechanism that will enhance their ability to respond literally.

Finally, because you have developed a lesson that teaches your students to protect themselves they will see you as a teacher that cares about them instead of a teacher that is racist against them. This is a positive way to continue a process that eliminates racism in education.
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Racism is a menace and so we’ve been taught for ages which is the primary need for a diversity expert. However, even in this modern society of today where we see a lot of colored celebrities performing on stage with huge fan followings and of course an Afro-America President for the USA, we are still in a phase where racism exists in all its brutal glory and has been eating away at the society like a plague. Classrooms, are one of the most affected areas where color differences and racism exists to its extremes. Even after decades of progress and a lot of communal efforts at bridging the gaps between colored students, white students and teachers, it is sad to say that the disparities still exist and are just as pronounced today as they were back in the 1950s. Colored students, even in the likes of New York City, are attending under resourced schools or have been significantly isolated and made to be unequal in regular schools. Even if the teachers are well-intentioned, perpetuating the structural racism that has taken deep roots into the fabric of our education system is a tough task and make the need for a diversity expert imperative. Teachers need to recognize the biases that exist within the classroom and also take conscious measures to address them and their own biases of course. James Baldwin once said, “it is your very own responsibility to change this society, if you think of yourself as an educated person.” Dr. Derrick L. Campbell took this quote very effectively and straight to the heart and thus this Classroom Racism Exterminator happened. Classroom Racism Exterminator is an initiative that will teach you about your duty and moral obligation towards eliminating racism from the classrooms. This is where and how you will learn about what you need to do to produce a better society that is free of biases and disparities amongst the blacks and the whites. Because we understand how classroom biases and conversations about racism are difficult and how teachers and students almost avoid the topics altogether, we have put together a range of effective methods and products to help address the problem at hand and talk meaningfully to counter issues related to race and racism in the classroom. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell understands that it takes a lot of courage to talk about race and racism and that racial issues need to be viewed through a very critical lens that can understand and attend to the pertaining aspects of racism in the classroom. And therefore through this website we have made a conscious effort to eliminate racism from the classroom and make the educational system equal and beneficial for all. We know and we understand that there are no words that can actually describe how racism feels. There are cases and everybody tends to deal with it in their own manner. Some might lash out verbally or others might just withdraw into shells. Whatever the case, people don’t talk about it openly and teachers don’t really make a conscious effort at addressing the issue. We don’t really know if our children or if the youth is learning to be educated or become racists in their classroom. Our program is focused on helping children of color and regardless of their race, their full potential. We want every student to be able to recognize and reach their full potential so that they think of themselves as responsible citizens of their country and not regard themselves as worthless human beings. Here you will find motivational books and flash card games, all of which have been designed focusing on eliminating racism completely from our classrooms. The books and the games have been consciously designed keeping in mind the American society and educational system. It is a small effort on our and Dr. Campbell’s part to help this society become a better place to live in. A little about diversity expert Dr. Campbell Dr. Derrick L. Campbell the driving force behind Classroom Racism Exterminator is a dynamic figure and a constant source of motivation for us. He has a Bachelors of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, Math Education, a Masters in Education Administration and also holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. Campbell is a well known personality throughout the nation. He has lectured at various events including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference and a lot of local churches. He is a personality well dedicated towards eliminating the plague of racism from our classrooms and helping every child recognize his/her true potential not the color of their skin. He realizes how a child would feel if he/she was made to think they are worthless human beings. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell is compassionate and related to the experiences and therefore this initiative is a constant and continual effort to eliminate racism manifested in us, completely from the classroom and from our society.
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